Woodend Primary School Newsletter

06 December 2018
Issue 39
2018 Calendar
From the Principal, Diana Ellis
From the Office
WPS Whole School EVENT
Senior Unit
Carlsruhe Annexe
Middle Unit 
Junior Unit
Student Awards & Achievements
Movember 2018
Gardening Group
Student Banking
Uniform Shop
Community News
Michael Grose: Parent Insights
School Information
Woodend Primary School
(03) 5427 2455
Owen Street,
Woodend, Victoria, 3442


Lost Property

  • is your child having difficulty reading their library book?
  • is your child having a spot of trouble telling the time?
  • has your child been locked out of the house recently?

The answer might be in the office lost property box. 

Please take a look to see whether you recognise any item, ask your child(ren) if they recognise anything and if yes, please come up to the office to collect your winning item(s).


2018 Calendar

2018 Camp Dates

  • 5-7 December - Year 4


Wed 5/12 - Fri 7/12

Year 4 Camp

Tue 11/12

Whole School - Transition Morning

Wed 12/12

Whole School Concert  - 5.30 pm arrive for a 6.30 pm start

PFA BBQ 5.30-6.30 pm

Thur 13/12

Year 4/5 Project Display for parents.  Woodend at 9am / Carlsruhe at 2pm

Fri 14/12

PFA will draw Christmas Raffle at Assembly 3 pm

Tue 18/12

Year 6 Graduation - 6 pm dinner, 7.30 pm start

Wed 19/12

Yr 6 excursion

Yr 4/5 BUPA  visit at 2 pm (singing carols) 

Sushi Day

Friday 21st December

  • 1.30 PM FINISH

2019 School Dates

Term 1 -30.01.2019 - 05.04.2019

  • All students (except Foundation) commence Wed 30th January 2019
  • Foundation (Prep) students start Thurs 31st January 2019

Foundation students do not attend Wednesdays for the month of February 2019.


Term 2  -  23.04.2019 - 28.06.2019

Term 3  -  05.07.2019 - 20.09.2019

Term 4  -  07.10.2019 - 20.12.2019

2019 Pupil Free Days

  • Tuesday 29th January
  • Friday 8th March
  • Thursday 27th June
  • Monday 4th November

2019 Camp Dates

Year 2 - 16-17 October

Year 3 - 18-20 September

Year 4 - 4-6  December (TBC)

Year 5 - 27-29 November

Year 6 - 30 April - 3 May

2019 School Photo Day

Monday 29th April 

From the Principal,
Diana Ellis

Cultural Inclusion Day

This week we had our whole school Cultural Inclusion Day. We started the day with a whole school assembly where our student leaders did an acknowledgement of country, followed by the unveiling of our new sign that acknowledges the Dja Dja Waurrung people.


Unveilling our new sign

This week we proudly unveiled our Traditional Owners sign that acknowledged the Dja Dja Waurrung people.  WE will inform you when we have found the right place in the school for it to be displayed.


2019 School Leaders

This week we proudly announced our new school LEADERS. This was after a long process and which much consideration about the best people for the job. I look forward to working along side these students next year and mentoring them so that they can build their skills and; confidently and proudly represent our school.

We farewell Tadhg, Frida, Jacob, Darcie and Congratulate:  Sam, Ginger, Lily and Sophie.


PFA - Disco


Strings Concert


From the Office

Health Alert

There has been a confirmed case of Influenza A within our school community.

Symptoms for children can be serious, so if your child is unwell for a lengthy period, consultation with a doctor is preferred.

Help needed

I believe a rabbit sitter has been found.  Many thanks to all that offered.

2019 Bookpack ordering


  • Bookpack Requisites for Year 3 – 6:
    - ORDER ONLINE at www.officemaxschools.com.au – goods will be delivered to the student’s home address NOT to the school
    - order AFTER 2nd DEC = $12.95 per family and delivery before the start of school
    - bus and netbook fees can be paid at the same time as bookpack ordering however payment can be deferred until next year if you prefer
    - to ease the financial pressure on families towards the end of the year, School Council have decided that voluntary contributions will not be required to be paid until Feb 2019 but if you prefer, can be paid via QKR from November 2018
    - There will be NO SPARE PACKS AVAILABLE from the school - bookpacks can continue to be ordered online at Officemax until the end of Term 2
  • Bookpack Requisites for Year Prep – 2
    - students do not receive an individual bookpack – parents pay for their child’s requisites, which are delivered directly to classrooms. Payment for these essential requisites is compulsory and expected and can be made at any time from now. Payment options are:
    1. via www.officemaxschools.com.au – you will still be required to enter your home address however requisites will be delivered in bulk to the school
    2. via QKR anytime from November 2018 onward
    - to ease the financial pressure on families towards the end of the year, School Council have decided that voluntary contributions will not be required to be paid until Feb 2019 but if you prefer, can be paid via QKR from November 2018.

From the WPS School Council Treasurer

In recent editions of the newsletter we have provided information highlighting the importance of the voluntary funds to the overall financial well being of our school.

In recognition of the financial pressure on families towards the end of the year, School Council decided to separate the voluntary funds from the book purchasing process. A request for the voluntary funds will now not be made until February 2019. However, if you wish to make a contribution before the end of this year that can be done via QKR from mid-November.

Furthermore, at the recent School Council meeting it was agreed that for the voluntary contributions in 2019 we will just have a Library Fund and a Building Fund. Whilst these are two areas that require financial attention, these funds were adopted because payments to both are tax deductible. The suggested contribution for each fund will be $70.

Again, we understand that not everyone is in the position to pay $140 per student per year but ask that when the opportunity to do so arrives that you take into consideration the issues highlighted previously.

QKR logon issues:

If you have forgotten your password and are experiencing difficulties with the suggested reset process (eg. wrong postcode supplied), it may be that you have one of the older (pre 2016) accounts. The only fix for these accounts is for QKR to delete them and then the parent to create a new account. If you would like this to occur please send an email to turner.sue.p@edumail.vic.gov.au with the email address your QKR account is linked to. I will advise when the deletion has occurred and you are able to set up a new account.

If you have a newer QKR account and are experiencing functionality issues, the first thing is to ensure you have installed any upgrades to the app. If you are still having problems, please contact the school and we will be happy to assist.

Compass phone app - TROUBLESHOOTING

  • ensure you have installed the latest upgrade
  • open the program in your browser if you can’t ‘see’ an event…… on the Compass home screen on the phone at the top left, there are 3 horizontal bars. Click on the bars and then click on ‘Open in Browser’. That will open up the same screen you see on your computer and the link to the Events page should be available (you may need to scroll across to the right)
  • Passwords can be reissued immediately by school office staff (please be aware that both parents from the same family use the same login ID and password so if one parent resets the password, this will apply to both parents. Alternative families have separate login details)

Office staff are always happy to assist with password resets or functionality issues.

Payment Methods for School Activities


WPS Whole School EVENT



Senior Unit

Funfields Fundraising update

Our goal was $1664 and we raised $2042.90. Wow!

The Year Six students have been working hard to raise enough money for a celebration at Funfields at the end of the year. The Year Six students were very successful and past their goal so the rest of the money that we raised will be donated to a charity that is still being decided. To thank students we will be giving free icy poles as a token of our appreciation next week.


Thank you to Organs Coaches - Kyneton and Coles Woodend for supporting us with our celebration to Funfields.


Thank you to the school community for getting behind us and supporting us in a way we didn’t think was possible. You have made our final term of primary school a memorable one. By Darcie and Frida

Soak the Teacher

Recently Maddie and Gemma organised the soak the teacher week to help raise money for the Year 6 trip to Funfields. It was a great success and we raised a total of $226 over the course of the week. We would like to thank all of the teachers that participated and all the students who paid to see their teachers get wet.  -Gemma


The disco was a great success with us raising $355.00 altogether. We had many students from Prep to Year 3 but it was great to see some Year 4-6's getting their groove on. All in all, it was a great day and everyone had fun. A special thanks to DJ Chamerski for his equipment and thanks to everyone else that helped even if you weren’t part of the Group!  -Georgia



WPS Cultural Inclusion Day

On the 4th of December, the whole school had a Cultural Inclusion day to celebrate all the different cultures in the school. Each classroom had a different country, and each class went around to 3 different classrooms throughout the day. We learnt about different countries and did a fun activity in each, including making necklaces in Samoa, playing skittles in the UK and much more. The whole school also came dressed as a different culture.   By Kate SU2


Carlsruhe Annexe


It’s been another busy week at the Carlsruhe Annexe with our Year 4 students going off to camp at Phillip Island.  

The Year 5’s this week have been working through a variety of leadership activities with Mr Chamerski, Mrs Minchew, Mr Condon and the current Year 6 students in preparation for next year. All students have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from our current leaders and will take many of the skills covered in these sessions, with them in Year 6.


The children have been working very hard to finish their stories in preparation for our diorama display day. The teachers have been very impressed with the standard of work all students have produced for this task which has required them to include many of the writing strategies covered throughout the year.

Sheep Shearing

With the warmer weather finally arriving at Carlsruhe our resident sheep Uggy and Peanut have been given a much needed shear to stay cool. The students had a great time watching the teachers and shearer round up both sheep and were even given some of the shorn fleece. A huge thank you to Nicola for helping organise this and making sure Uggy and Peanut are well looked after throughout the year. Please have a look at some of the photos of the shearing taking place.



Last Friday all of Year 4 and 5 students travelled to Hanging Rock for the Cobaw District Schools Orienteering Championships. Each student was paired and allocated a start-time. At their appointed start-time, they then used their pre-marked map to navigate to all the control points in sequential order until they reached the finish line. All of the children represented our school proudly and displayed excellent team work.

Congratulations to the following students who finished in the top three for their age group:

  • Ned & Jack: 2nd in Year 4 Boys
  • Finn & Jeff: 3rd in Year 4 Boys
  • Juliette & Daisy: 3rd in Year 4 Girls
  • James & Tom: 3rd in Year 5 Boys

A big thank you to Mrs Connell for organising the event.

Mrs Ireland, Mr Condon.

Zoos Victoria - Phone Cycle


Middle Unit 

Years 1 and 2

MU4 have been designing dinosaurs using recycled boxes. Our STEM challenge was to make our dinosaur’s mouth move! We had so much fun planning, designing and evaluating our designs. Once we were finished, we wrote stories about our dinosaurs.


A long time ago there was a dinosaur named Fred. He had red scaly skin and big sharp teeth. He had a friend named Louis. They were both T-rex’s and carnivores. One day they were trotting through a forest then suddenly a crowd of velociraptors came to attack them. “ATTACK!” Yelled Fred so Fred and Louis ate all the velociraptors up. Then Fred and Louis went to celebrate, “I am stuffed” said Fred “me too” said Louis “let’s go to bed” said Fred “yeah” said Louis THE END. BY LOUIS MU4        


Bracing news! A T-rex has come to LIFE! “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” yelled Tom while listening to the TV. His mum said “we should get to the airport immediately!” “Wait the car is broken, start running!" When they got there the airport it was blown up. Poof, Tom had an idea so they went to the museum and they got the biggest bone ever. So they fed the bone to the dinosaur and became best friends. James MU4



This week we celebrated Cultural Inclusion Day! Each grade dressed up as a different country (we were Mexico!). At assembly we had our Welcome to Country and unveiled our new sign. We also met our new School Leadership team for 2019. After recess, we visited three other countries and explored their culture through dances, art and a range of ativities. We had sooo much fun!


Year 3

Year 3 students have been presenting their Projects this week to their classes. There have been so many different Projects such as; cooking, building and artwork. Students have submitted Procedural Texts to match the Projects they have made, adding pictures and colour to enhance their writing. Well done students on making wonderful projects and a big thanks to parents/guardians who assisted where necessary.


On Tuesday this week we celebrated Cultural Inclusion Day which began with a Welcome to Country during our special morning assembly. Year 3 students dressed up and discovered facts about the country assigned to their class. Did you know that The South African National Anthem is sung in 5 different languages?


Last week’s Orienteering was a huge success. Students enjoyed using problem solving skills to follow the map and get to all the points to complete the race. Seeing our student’s names on the results board was very satisfying! Everyone represented our School with pride and showed their best, most respectful behaviour.

Junior Unit


The Foundation children had a wonderful time during our Cultural Inclusion Day. They loved making origami birds in Japan, writing their names in hieroglyphics in Egypt and making a necklace in Samoa. It was great fun getting dressed up and visiting all the different countries.


Student Awards
& Achievements

Students of the Week

There was no assembly last week ( 30th November )

Artists of the Week

Year 5 students have drawn fantastic pictures of 'Fluoro Giraffes'.  We learnt how to draw a giraffe using shapes and then coloured it in bright fluoro colours. 


Our 'Artists of the Week' students are:

Oisin, Stevie, Izzy, Cat, Isabelle, Tom, Sophie, Jack, Nell, John, Tessa and Sophie.





6th  NO help needed

7th  Nyssa, Help needed

12th  Help needed

13th  NO help needed

14th  Marga, Michael




  • Please contact me if you can help at woodendcanteen@gmail.com or mobile 0411 558 557.  Remember its only 9-12.30pm and your child(ren) receives a free icy pole and the chance to see their carer behind the counter.


  • Urgent - volunteers are needed Friday 7th December and Wednesday 12th December.
  • Thank you to Lucca and Isla for filling in last Friday.
  • Thank you to Maia, Emily and Sophie for duty of Wednesday (when no one responded to my request for help).
  • The last day for Canteen is Wed 19th Dec which is SUSHI DAY.
  • The Canteen will re open February 1, 2019.
  • please remind your child(ren) to place their own lunch bag in the classroom tub prior to 9am.

Canteen Volunteer Dinner

A table has been reserved at Red in Woodend on Thursday 13th December at 7pm for those who volunteered in the canteen this year. Just a little Xmas celebration and a way to show my appreciation.

Sushi Day 19.12.18

Orders via Qkr only.

Sushi orders went out via Compass.

No other lunches will be available on this day.



  • Please ensure your child(ren) have the correct details on Qkr. 
  • When ordering from Qkr, please purchase a lunch bag first, if you're not supplying your own. 
  • Term 4: NO CASH ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please see the office staff for help loading Qkr.



Phew.....this week was the last week for borrowing from the library.  it seems to have gone by very, very fast.  Thank you to all those who have found overdue books.  They are slowly but surely trickling back in, which is great.


Returning ALL Library Books

  • All library books will need to be returned by  Friday 7th  December 2018.
  • Year 4 library books - Monday 10th December.


Susan Machell


Movember 2018

Mogress Report

That’s the end of another Movember campaign. We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to each and every one of you who donated money to this wonderful cause.

We set out with an initial goal to raise $1,000 with the hope of beating last years amount of $1,797.

To raise $1,922 is incredible and the support we have received has been very humbling.

Hopefully next year we can continue to raise even more money and more awareness for Movember.

Thank you once again.

Mr. Spilsted, Mr. Condon and Mr. Bruns




Only a week away until the Lapathon Grand Prize Draw.  we will draw all our prize winners at assembly on December 14th and announce the grand total of money raised.

So that means, one more week left for you to get in your Lapathon sponsorship money. 


Prizes are still going out, so if you are waiting for a prize it is coming soon.


This week MU3 are leading the way.  They have brought in more than $500.00 in the last 7 days.  Great work MU3 - icy-poles for you.


Once again thank you to everyone for supporting our fundraising efforts.


Sandra Mann

Gardening Group

Woodend Community Children's Garden

Where:  WPS Community Children’s Garden

When:  12.45-2.00pm Mondays - parent help required with lunchtime Kid’s Garden Club

2.00-3.30pm Mondays - parents' gardening session (pruning and garden maintenance)

BYO: Gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing

Sign in: Please sign in at the Office before gardening

Contact: Nicole Middleton 0418 233 366


As we prepare the garden for summer, this week our yet-to-be-named resident blue tongue lizard reappeared.  Although they might nibble the odd strawberry, blue tongues aren’t poisonous or aggressive (unless threatened) and two of their favourite foods are snails and slugs, so they’re very welcome in the garden.


Student Banking

8 Deposits - Choose your reward

Alice, Atticus, Kurtis, Catherine, Ethan

9 Deposits - Your reward has been ordered

Caitlyn, Polly, Charlotte

10 Deposits - Your reward has been sent home

Kate, Ryan, Isabelle, Cruz, Sam, Flynn,

End of year Banking and Reward ordering cut off

  • Our final School Banking day for 2018 is Wednesday 19th December.
  • Any Reward slips received after the 30th November wont be delivered to school until 2019.
  • Your Dollarmite token tally will be rolled over to 2019.

Term 4 Rewards - NEW

  • New for Term 4 - Slushie Cup Maker and Zoom Flying Disc

Uniform Shop

Grade 6 Jacket Order

The Grade 6 Jackets have arrived! Please remember that purchase of a Grade 6 jacket is not a compulsory purchase however they are offered as an acknowledgement of reaching Grade 6.


If you would like to purchase a Grade 6 Jacket, there are a couple of purchase options:

  • Place your order and pay immediately via QKR (free phone app). The jacket will be given to your child within the week.
  • Come into the Uniform Shop on a normal selling day by the end of the year  (Tuesdays 8.45 – 9.15am or Thursdays 3 – 4pm).

We know the students are very keen to have their jackets from Day One in Grade 6. Please be conscious that the office staff are extremely busy in the first few weeks of the new school year so it is not recommended that you send money with your child at the beginning of the year with the expectation they will be provided with a jacket. One of the above options is preferable.


Recently students were sized for a jacket and a note advising the estimated appropriate size for your child was sent home. You are welcome to order a different size if you prefer.


Jackets cost $35 each. Please remember to name the jacket clearly.

Lost Property

Lost property is located just in front of the uniform shop and part of keeping it under control is that I will return any clearly named items to the class room. To do this, I need a readable first and last name, although if room is an issue a first initial and last name will also work.

Name Stamp for clothing

I have also found a Name Stamp that can be used on uniforms that does not wash off.

This is the website on where to find it.        


Uniform Shop Hours

Tuesday: 8.45am - 9.15am

Thursday: 3pm - 4pm

Michelle Wearne

Uniform Shop


Local Community


Michael Grose: Parent Insights

Developing a resilience mindset

If you want your child or young person to be resilient enough to cope with the hardships that come his or her way, and in doing so build strengths for the future, consider fostering your own resilience first. Parents are in the best position to influence their children’s resilience. Children watch our reactions to adverse events and view first hand how we look after – or neglect – our own mental health and wellbeing.

Focusing on our own resilience is not as difficult as it may seem. If you adapt a resilience mindset you’ll find that resilient behaviour follows. Want to get fitter physically? You could take up a new fitness regime or you could simply adopt a fitness mindset. Adopt the former and there’s a reasonable chance that you’ll start off gung ho and run out of steam after a month. Adopt the latter and you’ll more likely take small, sustainable steps such as walking or riding to work, taking stairs instead of escalators and playing active games rather than sitting on the couch on weekends.

The mindset approach works well with resilience. Take the sustainable approach of looking after your mental health, becoming conscious of the messages you send yourself and developing coping skills that allow you to respond rather than react to adverse events. These simple ideas will help:

Watch your self-talk
The little voice inside your head can have a catastrophic impact when you allow it to. It can talk you into the blues, lower your confidence and build mountainous problems out of molehills. Once you’re aware of its impact, you can switch it off or change its negative chatter to something more positive and realistic. It takes practice but it’s worth it. When you have a resilience mindset you’ll start to check that chatter in your head.

Park the bad stuff
Ever had an argument with a family member at breakfast only to find it messed up your whole day? A common trait with resilient people is that they can compartmentalise their lives so that difficult experiences in one domain won’t interfere with their effectiveness elsewhere. When you have a resilience mindset you’ll consciously park the negative stuff while you get on with the rest of the day, only revisiting it on your own terms.

Stay flexible in your thinking
People who lack resilience pepper their language with absolute, imperative statements such as ‘I must always be on time,’ ‘They never do anything to help,’ or ‘They should always use good manners'. This shows inflexible, unrealistic thinking that leads to stress and anxiousness. When you have a resilience mindset you’ll use more moderate language reflecting a flexible approach to life. The above statements become ‘I’ll always try to be on time but sometimes it’s impossible,’ 'They are sometimes helpful but they can be forgetful,’ and ‘I’d like it if they were well-mannered but sometimes they aren’t'.

Make sleep a priority
We are only beginning to make solid links between sleep and resilience. Mothers of newborns know how debilitating sleep deprivation can be. They can’t function effectively and depression is close at hand. Many people spend much of their lives experiencing some form of sleep deprivation, compensating by taking regular caffeine hits, self-medicating with alcohol and using other ineffective remedies. When you develop a resilience mindset, you make sleep a high priority, taking the necessary lifestyle steps to make sleep easy to attain.

Create a pressure valve
In a society that views busyness as a status symbol, it’s tempting to keep working until you drop, neglecting to enjoy some downtime that releases the pressures of work. When you have a resilience mindset you value down-time and relaxation and understand the positive impact these have on your mental health and the wellbeing of people around you.

When you have a resilience mindset you have a greater understanding of what resilience is about and you’re in a better position to develop a lasting sense of resilience in your kids. Developing resilience in kids is like jumping off a pier with some friends on a cold winter’s day. In both instances you need to go first.

School Information

Whole School Assembly

Every Friday at 3pm in the school hall

Student Banking

Wednesday: Hand in books via classroom

Thursday: Books processed and returned to the classroom

Uniform Shop

Tuesdays       8.45 am - 9.15 am

Thursdays     3.00 pm - 4.00 pm

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